1940s The company is established in 1947 by the young civil engineer Wilhelm Bremer. At the time, Paderborn has been reduced to dust and ashes as a result of the Second World War. The fresh young entrepreneur is full of drive and dynamism. His maxim in the early years is "Courage to improvise". With his energetic assistance, Paderborn's historical town hall is rebuilt using recycled steel from the hangars of the German air force.
The company's first logo in the early 1950s
1950s The company's location was and still is "Grüner Weg" in Paderborn. Wilhelm Bremer buys the first site from the municipality in 1957. From the very first day to the present, structures are developed, designed and produced here from precast reinforced concrete elements. One noted BREMER brand product in the early years is the BREMER floor.
An aerial shot of the works in 1959
1960s In 1960, the first production hall made of precast elements is constructed on the company's own premises. It is known as the " Rundbogenhalle " (Round Arch Hall). By the end of the decade, the company evolves into a dedicated producer of precast structures for trade and industry. Wilhelm Bremer fills every management position with civil engineers with backgrounds in design and structural engineering. The entrepreneur is a visionary and recognises at an early stage that the company's future lies in the development and realisation of precast element buildings based on the expertise of an experienced engineer. The company's core competence – precast reinforced concrete construction for trade and industry up to any performance limit required – has developed through to the present day based on the principle established by Wilhelm Bremer. It is and will remain the underlying guarantee of the company's continuing success.
Haindl paper factory
1970s In 1978, Wolfgang Bremer joins his father's company. In the very same year, on his initiative, the sixth production hall for precast reinforced concrete elements is erected on the "Grünen Weg" site.
The first turnkey construction project: Möbel Hardeck
1980s This decade turns out to be as fast and furious for precast reinforced concrete construction as was predicted by the company's far-sighted founder Wilhelm Bremer back in the 1950s. Clients regularly and increasingly want full service packages for facilities made of precast reinforced concrete elements. From 1983 onwards, as a logical consequence of this rising demand, BREMER increasingly takes on turnkey projects for precast reinforced concrete buildings. The extremely successful and welcome development of this area of operations prompts Wolfgang Bremer to take a portentous step. He sees what his business needs and creates an independent company for turnkey construction with precast reinforced concrete elements from his works. In 1989, BREMER SYSTEMBAU GmbH is established in Paderborn.
Biller furniture store in Plauen
1990s The decade is marked by a historic event, German reunification, which brings a building boom in the East for the industry. Thanks to its pioneering re-gearing towards "turnkey precast construction", BREMER is superbly positioned in this unique and exciting epoch. It is still naturally up to the individual client to define the limit – structural shell, semi-turnkey or turnkey – of BREMER involvement in the project. The two independent companies – one a producer of precast reinforced concrete elements, the other a provider of turnkey construction – develop soundly through to the end of the 1990s. At the turn of the millennium, head of the company Wolfgang Bremer decides that the foundation stone for an even more successful future could be laid by bringing the two lines of business together under a single roof.
Head of the company and supervisory board chairman Wolfgang Bremer
2000s In 2001, the two operational units are merged to form a powerful company under the name BREMER. In 2002, while the restructuring is going on, Wolfgang Bremer sets up BREMER SYSTEMBAU GmbH in Stuttgart, the primary location of the German automotive industry. The company is a subsidiary of BREMER with an identical range of services. The new structure, under a single management, with competencies jointly tailored to the client and the time-honoured BREMER PRINCIPLE , is retained and continuously developed in the years 2001 to 2005.
By the end of the decade, more fine-tuning and optimisation will be seen in this vitally important area. Visually, too, there are signs of the enterprise's transformation. The new BREMER HQ building planned for the "Grüner Weg" site marks the move into a new millennium. The stylish modern administrative facility is scheduled for construction in 2009 and occupation in 2010.
In April 2009, the new rail loading station for precast elements at "Grüner Weg" starts handling shipments. Its inauguration makes the company an environmental and commercial pioneer. With this facility for despatching heavy loads, BREMER can now efficiently implement projects in a radius of 1,500 km.
The financial crisis that arrives in 2008 comes as a hard, cold blow to the entire global economy. Thanks to the restructuring at BREMER, the company is well positioned even for tough economic times.
new administrative facility
2010s BREMER enters the second decade of the century with an impressive act of bridge building: the spectacular administrative facility that now spans Grüner Weg is visible from far and wide. The four-storey bridge section is not only a further investment securing the site for the future; it centralises all areas of activity and thus shortens distances for even higher productivity. The new building is also regarded as a model example of sustainable construction. Awarded a gold DGNB certificate, it offers 4,000 square metres of floor space for offices, work-spaces and social facilities on a site of just 500 square metres. The existing administrative building has been fully integrated into the new facility. Heating and cooling are performed by highly efficient, environmentally sound groundwater heat pumps.
In October 2011, within months of the administrative building being completed, the new canteen was opened. Providing a meeting-point for all employees from production and administration, it was a project dear to the heart of Wolfgang Bremer.
The start of the year 2012 marks a generational change at BREMER AG: Michael Dufhues (Acquisition, Estimation and Marketing) and Torsten Schuff (Turnkey Construction Project Execution and Implementation) are appointed to the management team. This is a conscious move by Wolfgang Bremer to build on the experience of established construction engineers from the company's own ranks. Josef Ellebracht, whose exemplary commitment and creative vision has significantly shaped the company's advancement and success, goes into well deserved retirement.
In the middle of 2012, the teams in Paderborn and Stuttgart welcome to the fold a newly acquired plant in Leipzig: BREMER Fertigteil GmbH. With a precast element plant in eastern Germany, Bremer AG thus continues to face the challenge of expansion on a broad basis.